Magical Dancing Aurora Borealis

By October 10, 2015 Backroads No Comments

This evening the #OlympusBackRoads trip turned a corner on a dark road in Lofoten, and became the Magical Mystery Tour starring the Amazing Aurora.  I first spotted her in the rear-view mirrors, and realised the entire night sky was alive with dancing green light

Aurora Borealis, Northern Lights, are not uncommon at this time of year in the north of Norway, but one certainly can’t take them for granted. I didn’t, and stopped the bike immediately. The beautiful Aurora is an unreliable mistress, with a nasty habit of vanishing just as you get ready to photograph, and literally playing tricks with light to fool your camera’s meter. The Olympus Live Composite exposure mode makes it easier to control her, and this time she didn’t get away.

Aurora Borealis, Northern Lights, seen from a dark back road in Lofoten, Norway. Olympus OM-D E-M5 MkII with an M.Zuiko 1.8/8mm on a small tripod on the back of the Kawasaki. Live Composite exposure mode to balance the constant light from the bike with the unpredictable Aurora. Base exposure 4 seconds, f5.6 at ISO 3200. A few minutes later the magic was gone.

Aurora Borealis, Northern Lights, seen from a dark back road in Lofoten, Norway. Olympus OM-D E-M5 MkII with an M.Zuiko 1.8/8mm on a small tripod on the back of the Kawasaki. Live Composite exposure mode to balance the constant light from the bike with the unpredictable Aurora. Base exposure 4 seconds, f5.6 at ISO 3200. A few minutes later the magic was gone.

 

 

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